A tag draws attention to new or categorized content elements.
1 <span class="usa-tag">New</span>
When to use the tag component
- To draw attention to new, important content. Tags can focus attention on important content on that might otherwise be missed.
- To filter results with one or more tags.
- To indicate the number of new or unread items within a container. For example, to indicate the number of unread emails within a person’s inbox.
When to consider something else
- Confusion with buttons. Avoid tags if they might appear in the same area of the page as buttons.
- New or updated content. To call attention to new or updated content, consider changing the background color of the object itself or experiment with changing the font weight.
- When users already expect content to be updated frequently. For example, on a site dedicated to breaking news. In this case placing the new content at the top may be enough.
- Users frequently confuse tags as buttons. Always conduct usability testing to make sure your particular implementation is not causing frustration.
- If your tags aren’t interactive, disable hover, focus, and active styles.
- Don’t mix interactive and static tags. Once you establish a pattern for how tags behave on your site, users will expect that behavior every time.
- Don’t overdo it. If everything on a page is called out as important, nothing commands unique attention.
- Use ARIA live regions to highlight dynamically loaded content. When tags are used to call out new content that is dynamically loaded onto a page, be sure to use ARIA live regions to alert screen readers of the change.